Poker Bankroll

Golden Rules to Save Your Online Poker Bankroll

Golden Rules to Save Your Online Poker Bankroll

It’s a good idea to always protect your poker bankroll. When players are sitting at a table with chips or cash in front of them, they tend to be more careful than they are when they’re hitting the online poker tables and looking at a stack of virtual chips. Even some of the best players have a way of running through their chips in a hurry. While it makes sense that bad table players would also lose a lot of money online, that doesn’t make sense for good table players. Playing online poker takes more discipline and control, because you’re running into stronger opponents and you have a faster pace. Let’s take a look at some tips to help you hold onto your chips online.

Stick to your Poker Bankroll

You need to have a poker bankroll that is large enough so that it seems like it will last forever, even though you know that you don’t have a bottomless stack. One way to do this is to ensure that no more than 5% of your roll is out on the table at any given time. Or consider pushing that down to 2%. That way you won’t have to worry about going broke from a single game. If you get out of control, things can go south in a hurry.

Don’t keep Looking at How Much you Have

Remember, you’re limiting the amount of your bankroll that’s on the table. And the money you gamble with isn’t money that you need to make it from one month to the next. This is just gravy, right? So keep your eyes off your balance. Sure, when you win, it feels good, but when you lose, and you look at your balance, your spirits drop. You start to want to see that balance jump back up again. The problem is that, in poker, winning money takes a long time, as you go up incrementally. You can make more money than you lose, but it takes a lot longer to make money than it does to lose it. You’ll be tempted to jump limits and throw more money on the table, and before you know it, you’ll have burned through your poker bankroll.

Be Serious with your Decisions

Ever decision that you make matters when you play online poker. Each mistake will cost you money, even if that mistake seems small at the time. The more mistakes you make, the more obstacles you have been yourself and profit. So you’re going to want to limit the distractions. There are some people who play better when they’re multitasking, so they might have a movie playing at the same time. There are others who need to keep their eye on the game at all times.

And here’s another thing — this isn’t something you do to pass the time. You’re doing it to make money. If you’re playing because you don’t have anything else to do, you’re not going to do the mental work to make the right decisions, and you will lose. Get up and go outside if you’re bored, or start that movie. Don’t throw money away.

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Cash Tournaments

Happy Friday! More Cash Tournaments Added!

Happy Friday! More Cash Tournaments Added!

We’re happy to announce the addition of the following cash tournaments, in addition to our existing poker cash tournament schedule…

Saturday:
$50 Cash Tournament – 9am PT / 12pm ET
$20 Cash Tournament – 2pm PT / 5pm ET
$100 Cash Tournament – 4pm PT / 7pm ET
$10 Cash Tournament – 7pm PT / 10pm ET

Sunday:
$50 Cash Tournament – 9am PT / 12pm ET
$20 Cash Tournament – 2pm PT / 5pm ET
$500 Level 10 – Moved to 12pm PT / 3pm ET
$100 Cash Tournament – 4pm PT / 7pm ET
$10 Cash Tournament – 7pm PT / 10pm ET

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Poker Freerolls

How to take real advantage of Poker Freerolls

How to take real advantage of Poker Freerolls

Optimal Multi Table Strategy

Want to know to take real advantage of Poker Freerolls? Before the arrival of online poker, you had to work to find a game. You had to go out of your house and head to a table or bring people over for a night of cards. It was also a lot slower, as you had to play one table at a time. Now, thanks to the Internet, you can play as many games at once as you want, so long as you don’t overload your own stamina (and your ability to pay attention). People who were playing 10-cent and 25-cent games didn’t have a chance of making serious money, but now if you can play 20 tables at once, you can bring in some bank (as long as you can pay attention). A lot of people think that multi-tabling is a waste of time and money, arguing that you can’t make smart decisions because your reaction time is cut down. While there is some validity to this argument, the other side is that since you’re playing so much poker at once, having a decent game running at such a high quantity means that you’re going to make more money than if you have your superior game going on one table. Let’s look at some tips to help you make money off multi-table play.

Learning How to Multi-table the Right away.

This is NOT for amateurs or novices. First try to build some confidence playing at the free online poker tables, start with one game at a time, and start increasing the number of tables until it feels easy and almost natural. Then, feel free to expand the number of games you are playing. When you have more hands per hour, you have more decisions — and a lot of decisions in a short amount of time. If you’re looking at aces on one table, but they time out because you’re considering making a huge river raise on another table, you’re burning money.

Prioritize your decisions.

When you have multiple tables going, your decisions are going to pile up. You have to sift through the easy ones, leaving the ones that require a lot of thought for more priority. If you’re playing ten tables, it’s unlikely that you’ll have more than one really tough decision to think about at once. However, you’re likely to have one tough decision and nine easy ones. It’s hard to block out the nine easy choices and focus on the hard one, but that can often be what separates those who make money from those who do not. Once you’ve focused on the tough choice, then you go back and make those other easy ones. Once you get good at this, you’ll be able to make those easy choices on autopilot while you’re still pondering the tough one, but don’t do that until you’re ready.

Know your limits.

Are you winning money playing four tables, but when you jump to six tables, you’re losing money? Stay at four. You might think that you need to push yourself to play six, but you’ll be able to do that when you’re ready. If you push yourself beyond what you can do, you’re going to hemorrhage cash.

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What are Sklansky dollars?

Poker Strategy 101: What are “Sklansky dollars”?

Poker Strategy 101: What are “Sklansky dollars”?

David Sklansky came up with idea of the “Sklansky dollars” (Sklansky dollars)  in one of his many books about poker strategy. It’s a term that you can put to work for you when you play Texas Hold’em.

Basically, “Sklansky dollars” indicate how much money you should expect to win out of the pot based on your equity at any point in a hand. They’re not real, of course, but they are a good way to evaluate the amount of money you win from your hands. Multiply the pot size by your equity, and then subtract the call amount from that answer. If this is starting to sound too much like algebra, let’s take a look at an example.

So, you’re playing an $100 No Limit poker game with an aggressive counterpart. You have AA, and your opponent has A-Q. The opponent goes all in before the flop, and you call, excited about what’s coming. Unfortunately, the board shows up like this: Q-3-7-J-Q. No, you didn’t win, and your $100 is gone. However, you’re going to win this situation a lot more often than you will lose it, based on that high pair you were holding, so this wasn’t a bad decision. A Sklansky calculation shows you what you can expect to win on the average.

So what’s your equity?

Well, if you use a poker hand evaluation software, poker utilities or a probabilistic poker calculator, you’ll find that if you have A-A against an A-Q preflop, your equity is 87.9%. That final pot size was $200 ($100 for each of you), so if you multiply that by the equity, you get $175.80. So you might have lost that $200 pot, but you should expect to win $175.80 on average every time you have A-A against A-Q pre-flop.

Get your earnings by taking out the call. So you take out that $100 you had in the pot, and you see that you had $75.80 in Sklansky dollars (your earnings).

Remember — real dollars and Sklansky dollars are quite different. In that last example, you picked up $75.80 in Sklansky dollars, but your real stack went down by $100.

What is The real benefit of the Sklansky Dollars?

The real benefit of the Sklansky dollars is that they show you whether a decision was wise or not. You’re not going to use probabilistic poker calculators and run a detailed analysis in the middle of a poker tournament or when your are hitting the free online poker tables. However, when you’re feeling sore afterward, understanding that this is a situation that you would win almost all of the time, you can feel better about your judgment. If you start questioning your judgment, then you’ll start making bad decisions, following anger and frustration instead of logical principles. That’s the surest way to see your account drain in a fairly short amount of time. You’re going to have bad losses like the one described above. That’s why it’s called GAMBLING. But if you make decisions with the right judgment, more often than not you’ll get the results that you expect. And when you’re on a streak when the luck isn’t going your way, looking at the Sklansky dollars in each situation can help reassure you and keep you consistent in your strategy so that, when the luck turns, you’ll be hitting those expected outcomes.

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